Since the amount of silver existing on earth constitutes a finite resource, recycling is a way to use silver resources that have already been tapped. Demand for silver increases each year, as its usage in technology and industry expand.
Although silver rounds, coins and bars are not usually recycling fodder, reclamation of silver can be achieved with metal from a variety of sources. Unwanted silver jewelry or silverware can be sold to recyclers or to jewelry stores that can use it to create new jewelry items.
Surprisingly, silver can be extracted from old photographs. Electrolysis, a method that utilizes electrical current and a special solution, can extract silver from photos which have been developed by older methods.
Most computer manufacturers have recycling programs to reclaim silver from computers, in addition to a multitude of other electronic devices. This silver is typically used to create new electronic components and devices.